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Bristol Poppy Appeal launches with a sing-song

Veterans, volunteers and a pair of 80s pop stars were in Cabot Circus this afternoon to launch this year's Bristol Poppy Appeal.

Hundreds of shoppers stopped to watch The Korgis perform their hit single 'Everybody's got learn Sometime'. For the next six weeks all the song's royalties will go towards the appeal.

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This year's message is about recognising the sacrifices made across all generations.

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Harry Patch train crossing the West Country for Poppy Appeal

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The Royal British Legion's annual search for volunteers to work the Poppy Appeal is launching in spectacular fashion in Devon and Cornwall today.

A train named in remembrance of war hero Harry Patch, the last survivor of the First World War trenches, is making its way from London to Penzance.

The Class 43 locomotive was unveiled in Bristol by Harry's grandson last year Credit: ITV News

The train is being largely manned by staff at Great Western Rail who are also armed forces veterans.

train leaves London
train calling at Exeter
train calling at Plymouth
train arriving in Penzance


Britain's longest serving poppy seller suffered with insomnia and depression

An inquest has heard that a 92-year-old poppy seller killed herself after suffering problems with depression and insomnia.

Olive Cooke had collected money in Bristol for the Royal British Legion for 76 years.

The inquest heard that Olive left instructions to the person who discovered the stool she had brought with her - telling them to call police.

The note said: "Please phone police 999 elderly Fishponds lady gone over cliff".

The charity fundraiser had neatly leaned her walking stick next to the stool, and also left a carrier bag nearby which contained a raincoat, details to help police with her identity - and even an empty wallet.

A suicide note said she had managed to get "little sleep" and could "take it no more". Her body was found at the bottom of the Avon Gorge in May. The coroner recorded a verdict of suicide. Richard Lawrence reports.

Inquest to resume into death of oldest poppy seller

Olive Cooke from Bristol spent her life raising money for the Royal British Legion Credit: i

The inquest is due to resume today into the death of Olive Cooke, the country's longest serving poppy seller.

The 92-year-old from Bristol was found dead in Avon Gorge in May. She spent her life raising money for the Royal British Legion.

She had complained about being bombarded with charity requests which led to the regulator promising to introduce tighter controls.

Olive's Law? Tighter controls on charity begging letters promised

Olive Cooke received hundreds of letters a month. Credit: SWNS

The body regulating charities has told MPs it's committed to making changes in the wake of the death of Bristol poppy-seller Olive Cooke.

Olive, who was 92, was found dead at the foot of the Avon Gorge last month. She had in the past complained about being bombarded by requests from charities. Her family say that was not connected to her death, but at a meeting in Parliament today the regulator said tighter controls were being introduced on the way charities ask for donations.

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